Happy Hour News Briefs
It began with a tweet:
JUST IN: AG Sessions will speak at summit for group behind Christian baker who refused a wedding cake to gay couple. Case heading to SCOTUS. pic.twitter.com/XgsBClHVNB
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) July 11, 2017
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to speak Tuesday before a religious freedom group that is supporting a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.
Late last month, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear the case, which will decide whether businesses can refuse to provide services that go against their religious beliefs.
Sessions is scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m. CST Tuesday at the Alliance for Defending Freedom’s Summit on Religious Liberty in California.
The group is supporting Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who opened Masterpiece Cakeshop in 1993. Phillips refused to design a cake for a gay Colorado couple in 2012, telling them he would not provide cakes for a same-sex wedding ceremony. Phillips said he could not design the cake because of his religious beliefs and instead offered to sell the couple a pre-made cake.
Sessions’ speech is closed to the press.
And so a quick check at SPLC I learn that the ADF:
Founded by some 30 leaders of the Christian Right, the Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal advocacy and training group that specializes in supporting the recriminalization of homosexuality abroad, ending same-sex marriage, and generally making life as difficult as possible for LGBT communities in the U.S. and internationally. Despite its regular defamation of LGBT people, the group has managed to win special advisory status at the United Nations, in the European Union, and with the Organization of American States.
I’m not really up on how this works, but I think that the Solicitor General represents We the People, and a private attorney represents the baker. So if the SG’s boss is Jefferson Beauregard ‘Stonewall’ Sessions –the head of the Justice Department–and he’s giving a special appearance to the bigots who are representing the baker, this seems like a big, freaking, conflict. And the AG is concerned enough about it that he’s keeping this appearance on the down-low is a tell as the gamblers say.